Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

26 November 2012

Tanzania: Cheka Set Sights On IBF Title

TANZANIAN pugilist Francis Cheka has vowed to beat his Congolese opponent Udiaudia Mwahila and win IBF-Africa super middleweight title when the pair clashes on December 26, this year.

Cheka revealed that he is undergoing arduous training at his Morogoro camp as he prepares for the 12-round fight to be staged at Sheikh Amri Abeid Memorial Stadium in Arusha on Boxing Day.

The Morogoro-based combatant said he is so pumped up for the fight and nothing would stop him from winning the vacant IBF-Africa super middleweight title.

"Currently I'm progressing well with training here in Morogoro and I'll soon be leaving for Nairobi for further drills before going to Arusha for the bout," he said. It will be the first time for a bout sanctioned by the Tanzania Professional Boxing Commission (TPBC) to be held in Arusha and Cheka promised his northern zone region's fans a rare treat.

Cheka is working under his trainer Abdallah Saleh, working out tactics and horning his fighting skills as he plots his Congolese adversary's downfall.

Speaking from Arusha, former boxing star and coordinator of the fight, George Andrew, said preparations ahead of the bout were on top gear. Andrew said he was in Arusha to finalize key logistics for the Boxing Day's showdown, adding that they decided to stage the fight in Arusha as part of their efforts to promote the sport in the region.

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